Solomon Gad was born Suleman Nisan Gad in Herat, Afghanistan, in 1924, to parents Nisan and Leah Kort. Solomon was one of fourteen children and, from an early age, learned discipline from a stern but forgiving father. Solomon was an orthodox Jew and his life’s focus was a devotion to G-d.
Solomon moved away from his family’s home at the young age of 14 to start a business partnership with his older brother David. During these early and formative years, Solomon traveled extensively and learned about the business world first hand. After four years of travel and business, at the age of 18, he married Shoshana Gul, daughter of Mosa and Ester Gul. Solomon and Shoshana were introduced to one another by close friend Simon Avram.
Solomon and Shoshana’s first child, Osnat, was born in 1946, in Peshawar, a town which was under British authority (later the region became known as Pakistan). Solomon’s business moved the family to Bombay, India, were daughter Zipora was born. Upon Israel’s birth as a nation, Solomon moved his family, mother Leah and numerous siblings and cousins to Tel Aviv.
Shortly after arriving in Israel, his third child Ruth was born.
Solomon and brother David’s carpet and dry goods trading business brought him back to Afghanistan where he continued to be involved with local Jewish community leaders. The financial success of the business offered his family comfortable living standards in the newly created Israeli nation. Solomon left Afghanistan in 1957 and joined his family in Israel and within a short time, after the birth of twin daughters, Ahuva and Dalia, immigrated with the entire family to the United States, where children Liza and Isaac were born.
Continuing the business tradition, Solomon formed a company called Amerind with his
bothers David and Naftali which concentrated on diamonds, precious and semi-precious stones. Much like the earlier business, Amerind was a financial success.
Over the years Solomon remained devoted to G-d and to his roots in the Jewish Afghan community. He created the Afghan Jewish Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to supporting yeshivas and the less privileged throughout the world. He readily embraced the leadership role and handled the responsibilities for the growing Jewish-Afghan community in the United States. He was the pioneer and organizer of the Anshe Shalom Synagogue in Jamica Estates, New York, making sure the young Afghan community had a place to pray and remember their heritage.
Solomon watched his family flourish and grow until his passing in 2007. Solomon’s legacy is survived by his 7 children, 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, all of whom are strong branches on the Jewish-Afghan tree of life. Solomon’s devotion to G-d, along with his passion for community and charity, is continued to this day through the Afghan Jewish Foundation’s educational and heritage programs for the descendents of the Jews from Afghanistan.